Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Title- Fiber & Brimstone
Author- Laura Childs
Publisher- Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date- 10/5/2010
How I read it- Trade Paperback ARC (from the publishers)
Rating- 4 Crowns
With its history of spooky folklore, New Orleans offers the perfect atmosphere for Halloween. But when real corpses start turning up in time for the Day of the Dead festivities, scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand once again dresses up as a detective in time for the holiday…………
With the help of her best friend Ava Gruiex, Carmela is building a giant monster puppet for the French Quarter’s gala Halloween Monsters and Mayhem Torchlight Parade. Things get terrifying earlier than expected when they overhear an argument between Jekyl Hardy and Brett Fowler-and just minutes later they find Fowler’s body, his heart pierced by the razor-sharp horns of a gigantic Minotaur head.
Carmela has known Jekyl for years and can’t believe he’d ever resort to murder, despite the fact that Fowler owed him money. Fowler owed a lot of people money after being indicted for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme, making every investor a suspect. But when another victim is discovered-who also had an unfriendly relationship with Jekyl-Carmela is convinced someone is framing her friend and now must find a way to unmask the real killer……
(from the publisher)
This is a nice cozy mystery for Halloween. I have Laura Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries and have enjoyed them immensely- so I was quite pleased when Fiber & Brimstone (book 8 in her Scrapbook Mysteries) arrived in my mailbox. Fiber & Brimstone is set in post-Katrina New Orleans and I love the way the Laura incorporates her setting into her book, it adds that nice layered feel. Her characters were charming as well, and I found that I liked them just as well as those in her Tea Shop Mysteries.
I was also pleased with her plot line, and even though this is part of a series and it referred a few things from the past, I did not feel as though I lost anything from not reading the previous books. Although now that I have read Fiber & Brimstone, I am eager to read the pervious 7 books.
This book also includes Scrapping Tips as well as a few nice recipes in the back.
Overall I enjoyed this cozy little mysteries. It held my attention, and it even offered up a surprise or two.
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Royal Reviewer Angela Renee at 9:37 AM